HIPAA
(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)

The Internal Medicine and Cardiology practice of Annette Osher, M.D. follows the HIPAA standard. The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes standards to protect the confidentiality of individually identifiable health information maintained or transmitted electronically in connection with certain administrative & financial transactions. The rule provides new rights for individuals with respect to protected health information about them & mandates the obligations of health care providers, health plans, & health care clearinghouses. Training of every staff member on the new rights & new policies & procedures as they apply to the healthcare operation is also required. The compliance date for privacy is April 14, 2003.

Scheduling An Appointment
Our site makes use of forms to contact us by email. These forms use a secure and 128 bit encrypted process called S.S.L. (Secure Socket Layer), which is the industry standard and is present when you see a web address of "http://...", and a small lock is located in the lower part of your screen. We collect visitor's contact information (like an email address) on this form. Contact information from this form is used to send response to questions and information about our practice to visitors of the site, and to get in touch with the visitor in response to the reason the visitor contacted us.

Your Personal Information
We protect your information against unauthorized access or release. We do not sell, rent or otherwise share these addresses with outside parties.

Disclaimer
This website is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information presented here should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. I f you have or suspect you may have a health problem. You should consult your health care provider.

Limitation of Liability
Neither Annette Osher, M.D. nor any of her subsidiaries or affiliate entities, agents, employees, or subcontractors shall be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, punitive, or exemplary damages arising in any way from the information contained in this Web site or any information transmitted via this Web site. Annette Osher's Internal Medicine and Cardiology practice is not liable for any damages or losses that may be caused to any equipment and other software due to any viruses, defects or malfunctions in connection with access or use of this Web site.

Your Consent
By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Annette Osher's Internal Medicine and Cardiology practice detailed in these privacy principles. If we ever change our privacy policy, we will post any changes on this page so that you are always aware of the information that we collect and how we use it.


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